Refood - Maia Centro

Food waste must be tackled: one third of food produced for human consumption is wasted. This would be enough to feed one billion people. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), around 1.3 million tons of food is wasted every year, throughout the entire supply chain: from the production, to the final consumption

However, this isn't just a waste of food: it's also a waste of resources used in production, such as the land, water, energy, and labor - factors which contribute a lot to the emission of greenhouse gases. We cannot disregard this problem, we can all adopt attitudes in our daily lives that help to reduce waste produced.

That's why the Refood - Maia Centro project in the Municipality of Maia aims to join social and environmental aspects, mobilizing civil society in this cause. The project focuses on getting food surpluses to those who need it most, prolonging the shelf life of our food and reducing the amount of food that'd go to waste!

It's a way of promoting the circularity of food and has a significant impact on Waste Prevention, something we are proud to be involved with!

The coordinator of the Refood - Maia Centro, Elisabete Maciel, who has a degree in Electrical Engineering, stated that the daily inspiration of the center and its volunteers is "Being able to contribute towards improving the situation for many families, whilst significantly reducing food waste". She also mentioned that the biggest challenge was "Influencing the community of Maia, getting more people and more institutions involved in the goal of: Not Wasting In Order To Feed" and the defining moment as being: "The 16 February 2016, where we distributed the first meals to 6 families"
Finally, Elisabete left a message for everyone "Come and work with us! We only ask for 2 hours a week and you'll spend them very happily."

Find out more about the activities carried out on the Refood – Maia Centro Facebook page.

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